DMX performs during week five of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at UIC Pavilion on July 23, 2017, in Chicago.
DMX performs during week five of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at UIC Pavilion on July 23, 2017, in Chicago.
Photo: Streeter Lecka/BIG3 (Getty Images)

In one of hip-hop’s many tragedies (and there have been plenty), rapper DMX, arguably one of the best who ever did it, has deteriorated personally and professionally after some well-known bouts with drugs.

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Earlier this year, X (real name Earl Simmons) was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to one count of federal tax fraud worth $1.7 million to the government. He was ordered to pay $2.29 million in back taxes.

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Now, a photo of a rapper during his sentence has surfaced.

In the photo, X is rocking a salt and pepper beard and a bit of a belly—like many other 47-year-olds. He appears healthy, though, and grips the hand of another unidentified inmate with locks.

The photo first surfaced on the Jasmine Brand, thought to be one of the first of X seen since his incarceration began in January 2018.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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